City of Palm Desert General Municipal Elections are conducted in November of even-numbered years.  The next General Election will be held on November 6, 2018.  Please see the downloadable reference documents on the right-hand side of this page:  1) City Council Resolution No. 2018-38 - Calling for the 2018 General Municipal Election; 2) Resolution No. 2018-39 - Requesting Consolidation with Riverside County in the November 6, 2018, Statewide General Election; 3) Resolution No. 2018-40 - Regarding Regulations for Candidates' Statements in the General Municipal Election; 4) Legal Notice of General Municipal Election.

The City Council Candidate Nomination Filing Period begins Monday, July 16, 2018, and ends Friday, August 10, 2018, during regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  An appointment with the City Clerk's Office for this purpose is required.  **The Candidate Nomination Filing Period is now closed.  Five (5) Candidates have qualified for the ballot, and their contact information is listed in the document posted under the "Resources" section of this page, "2018 Clerk's Candidate List - August 10."**  The Notice of Nominees for the November 6, 2018, Palm Desert General Municipal Election, as per the Secretary of State's Randomized Alphabet Drawing for said Election conducted on August 16, is also posted in the "Resources" column of this page on the right-hand side.

There is a Write-In Candidate Filing Period, from Monday, September 10, 2018 - Tuesday, October 23, 2018, where candidates have to follow nearly all of the same steps as those appearing on the ballot.  Declaration of Write-In Candidacy Documents are available from the City Clerk's Office during the aforementioned dates during normal business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and an appointment is required for this purpose.

At its regular meeting of July 12, 2018, the Palm Desert City Council adopted Resolution No. 2018-61, submitting to the qualified voters of the City at the November 6, 2018, General Municipal Election, Measure Q, proposing Ordinance No. 1339, Establishing a Tax on Cannabis Businesses Operating Within the City of Palm Desert.  Full copy of Resolution No. 2018-61 is available in the "Resources" section on the right-hand side of this page, as is the "Notice of Measure / Notice to Voters of Date After Which No Arguments For or Against a City Measure May Be Submitted to the City Clerk."  Please see Resolution No. 2018-61 and the Official Notice for details.  Additionally, the City Attorney's Measure Q Impartial Analysis is also posted in the "Resources" section of this page, under Resolution No. 2018-61 and the "Notice of Measure."  Primary Arguments were due no later than Monday, August 20, 2018, during posted business hours.  No arguments For or Against Measure Q were received.


October 8 - 30  - Vote-By-Mail Application Period - If you are not already a permanent Vote-By-Mail (VBM) Voter, you may apply for a VBM Ballot specifically for the November 6, 2018, Election.  (Go to the Riverside County Registrar of Voters webpage for the application:  Print it, complete and sign, and mail it to the Registrar of Voters Office, 2724 Gateway Drive, Riverside, CA 92507.)  If you're already a permanent VBM voter, no action is required.  If you're unsure of your status, please contact the Registrar of Voters Office at (800) 773-8683 or (951) 486-7200.  Palm Desert City Clerk's Office will once again host a VBM Drop-Off Receptacle for all Riverside County Ballots for this Election. 

VBM Ballots may be dropped off:  1) At any designated drop-off location between now and Election Day; 2) mailed any time up to Election Day (November 6 postmark is mandatory - ensure the proper amount of postage is affixed); 3) at any Riverside County Polling Place up to 8 p.m. on Election Day - November 6.

October 9 - November 5 - Early Voting at Registrar of Voters Office, 2724 Gateway Drive, Riverside, CA 92507 -- Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturdays, Oct. 27 & Nov. 3, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

October 22 - Voter Registration for November 6, 2018, Election - Last day to register or re-register to vote in the November 6 Election.  If you've moved since you last voted, you must re-register with your new address.

October 26 - 28 - Early Voting at Westfield Palm Desert, 72840 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day.

November 6 - Election Day - Polls open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.  Voters are encouraged to go to their assigned polling place or vote their directly issued VBM.  Voting is also available at the Registrar of Voters Office, 2724 Gateway Drive, Riverside, CA 92507, from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 73510 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92260, or by telephone at (760) 346-0611, ext. 304, with any questions.

For more information on the election process in general please check out these helpful nonpartisan resources:

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